EditorsNote: Changed Okongwu’s point total to 10 in 3rd graf
Freshman forward Isaiah Stewart scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double in the past seven games, as Washington defeated visiting Southern California 72-40 in Pacific-12 Conference play Sunday night in Seattle.
Sophomore point guard Quade Green scored 14 points and had five assists and four steals, and freshman forward Jaden McDaniels added 11 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for the Huskies (11-4 overall, 1-1 Pac-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak that pushed them out of The Associated Press rankings. They lost their conference opener 66-64 to UCLA on Thursday night.
USC’s Onyeka Okongwu, another freshman forward, led the Trojans (12-3, 1-1) with 10 points and nine rebounds. He was the only player to reach double-digit scoring for USC, which had its six-game winning streak come to an end.
The Trojans shot just 20 percent for the game from the field (13 of 65) and were 2 for 15 on 3-point attempts against Washington’s zone defense. USC was also just 12 of 25 at the free-throw line.
The Huskies led from start to finish, with the largest margin 70-35 with three minutes remaining.
Washington scored the game’s first eight points as the Trojans missed their first six shots from the field and committed three turnovers in the opening 3:56.
USC twice pulled within two points, the last at 16-14, before the Huskies went on a 9-2 run on their way to a 35-21 halftime lead.
Stewart had just six points in the first half, as he picked up two fouls and played just 11 minutes.
But the Huskies got a boost from an expected source, redshirt freshman Nate Roberts. The forward, who had scored just six points all season entering Sunday, had seven points and six rebounds before the intermission, making all three of his field-goal attempts.
Washington shot 46.6 percent from the field (27 of 58) and was 6-for-21 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Huskies forced 21 turnovers and blocked 12 shots.
—Field Level Media